THE Senate on Thursday stuck to his guns on the call
for the resignation and prosecution of the Secretary
to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr
Babachir Lawal over his indictment by the special
committee that investigated the fund released for
Internally Displaces Persons (IDPs) in the North East.
The lawmakers expressed disappointment over SGF’s
response to allegations against him.
The matter was raised again on the floor of the
Senate by Senator Dino Melaye representing Kogi
Melaye who came through order 42 of the Senate
Standing Rules presented a newspaper publication of
the SGF response and tendered other documents
linking the SGF to the company indicted in the
Senate report.
“Every document that (is) fake, must have original. I
challenge the SGF to bring the original of these
documents,” Melaye said.
In his contribution, the Senate Deputy Majority Leader
Senator Bala Ibn Na’Allah said the SGF’s reply shows
that he lacks the capacity to occupied the position of
Senator Chukwuka Utazi called on President
Muhammadu Buhari to review the way the Babachir
became the SGF of the country.
In his reaction, the Senate President Bukola Saraki
said the issue is very serious as it borders on the
integrity of the Senate. He added that the position of
President Muhammadu Buhari is very clear
Wednesday when he stated that he is seeking
peaceful relationship with the legislators.
“We would not allow anybody to intimidate us in
doing our work. The committee will finish their work
and we will communicate our resolution to the
President” Saraki said.
Record of official proceedings from the Senate noted
that Senator Dino Melaye raised a motion over a
publication by The Nation Newspaper and BBC Hausa
on the infraction on the privilege of the Senate.
The title of the Publication: “Senate Seeks SGF
Sack” .. is all that balderdash”, BBC Interview: “The
Senators are talking rubbish”
Melaye wondered why “A mere appointee of the
President says that we are liars” and tenders more
evidence acquired from the Corporate Affairs
Commission against SGF, Babachir Lawal
“If the SGF says the document presented by the
CAC is fake, he should produce the original,” says
Sen. Dino Melaye.
“It is largely shown that the SGF does not have the
necessary capacity to occupy the post” Sen. Ibn
Na’Allah said.
“This position is a responsible position but if we have
an irresponsible person there, it becomes a problem,”
Sen. Chukwuka Utazi.
Saraki, according to official record of the day’s
proceedings said, “The issue we have here is very
serious because it borders on the integrity of the
Senate, the President was here yesterday and said
with all humility that he is seeking cooperation with
the National Assembly, the SGF’s statement
contradicts this. We will communicate with the
President with necessary document and let’s see
what the Executive will do. We leave that to the
Executive to do what has to be done, we have done
our part and I commend you all for your effort.”